Travel / Tourism

Nine days in Nepal - Part I

Views - 110 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

By Marianne David It all began with golf. A golf tournament, in fact, and not just any old golf tournament – this was to be the highest-ever altitude golf tournament, to be played in the shadow of Mount Everest, in Kongde Ri. Organised by Nepal’s


NTDA honours Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau

Views - 21 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

National Tourist Drivers Association (NTDA), the largest tourist drivers association in Sri Lanka with a membership base of over 5,700 tourist drivers, honoured Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) Chairman Kishu Gomes, in appreciation and reco


Go Vacation hosts familiarisation tour for Manta Reisen, Switzerland

Views - 44 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

Go Vacation Sri Lanka, together with local hotel and service providers, organised and hosted a familiarisation tour for Manta Reisen, Switzerland during the first week of November, for a group of 10 distinguished travel agents. Arriving on an Edelwe


Japanese luxury magazine ‘Elle Décor’ visits Sri Lanka

Views - 20 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

Under the Visiting Journalist Program of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), the popular Japanese luxury magazine Elle Décor arrived in Sri Lanka to explore the country’s architecture, design and travel for a different experience to fe


Dillip Rajakarier keynote speaker at Hotel Show Colombo 2019

Views - 19 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

The prestigious Hotel Show Colombo 2019 will host Dillip Rajakarier, Chief Executive Officer, Minor Hotels and COO, Minor International as the Guest of Honour on 12 November. He will address the business gathering of senior hoteliers and over 100 gen


Cinnamon Bentota Beach opens doors in December with 4.9 b investment

Views - 29 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts, Sri Lanka’s top hospitality trendsetter, announced the grand unveiling of Cinnamon Bentota Beach scheduled on 15 December. The announcement was made at one of the world’s biggest travel events, the World Travel Market


Emirates announces half-year results with AED 1.2 b profit

Views - 26 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

The Emirates Group yesterday announced its half-year results for its 2019-20 financial year. Group revenue was AED 53.3 billion ($ 14.5 billion) for the first six months of 2019-20, down 2% from AED 54.4 billion ($ 14.8 billion) during the same perio


Cinnamon TBC Asia launched at WTM, UK

Views - 48 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

The Cinnamon Travel Bloggers Collective Asia (Cinnamon TBC Asia) was launched at the World Travel Market UK this week following its high commendation at the International Travel and Tourism Awards at WTM this week in the category Best Digital Campaig


Priyal Perera appointed President of Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association

Views - 40 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

The Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association (CHSGA) announced Priyal Perera as its newly-elected President at the 48th AGM held at Cinnamon Resorts, Habarana. He is a veteran hotelier with over 30 years’ experience in the hotel and business secto


Connaissance De Ceylan receives Travelife Partner award at WTM

Views - 26 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

Connaissance De Ceylan and its bespoke DMC arm, Travel Design by CDC, was awarded the ‘Travelife Partner’ recognition at the World Travel Market in London on 5 November. This award is a recognition gained for long-term efforts towards sustainabi


New 5-star hotel project to be developed in Tangalle under BOI agreement

Views - 82 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka has signed an agreement with LA’ MORE Hotel Ltd. to set up, conduct and operate a 176 key five-star hotel project in Tangalle. The project represents an investment of $ 35 million and will employ a staff of 355


Sri Lanka promotes tourism at International Tourism and Travel Show in Montreal

Views - 74 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa, participated in the International Tourism and Travel Show which took place at the Place Bonaventure in Montreal from 25-27 October. This is the fo


Miss Poland for Miss Universe 2019 in Sri Lanka

Views - 49 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

Miss Poland for Miss Universe 2019, Olga Bulawa, arrived in Sri Lanka on 4 November on the very first direct flight from Poland to Sri Lanka courtesy of LOT Polish Airlines. Bulawa is here as part of the maiden group of passengers to fly to Sri Lanka


LOT Polish Airlines makes inaugural flight to Sri Lanka

Views - 79 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

‘LOT’ Polish Airlines, a modern airline connecting Central and Easter Europe, made its inaugural flight to Sri Lanka from Warsaw to Colombo on 4 November. The new aircraft received the traditional water cannon salute on its landing, which was one


Sri Lanka wellness tourism sector first-ever participation at WTM 2019

Views - 76 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

The wellness pavilion at the World Travel Market (WTM) 2019 was formally inaugurated with the ribbon-cutting and opening ceremony attended by High Commissioner of the Sri Lanka High Commission in UK, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Sri Lanka Expo


Cinnamon partners with British Guild of Travel Writers at WTM UK

Views - 40 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts partnered with the British Guild of Travel Writers (BGTW) UK at their awards event held during WTM last Sunday (3). BGTW is a leading organisation of travel media professionals. Launched 40 years ago, the BGTW International


Sri Lanka dazzles as Premier Partner at World Travel Market

Views - 40 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:00

The world’s leading travel and trade show opened in London, UK on 4 November on a grand scale. This year Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) collaborated with WTM to be the ‘Premier Partner’ of the event. In line with the premier partne


Emirates’ special fare sale closing 18 Nov. offers savings valid till Sept. 2020

Views - 21 Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:00

5 November may be Guy Fawkes Day in the UK, but for residents of Sri Lanka, the hot news is a special fare sale from Emirates that opened on that day, offering those planning to travel overseas in the next 10 months an opportunity to lock in attracti


Sri Lanka shows prestige at JATA Tourism Expo 2019

Views - 73 Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka was able to create a positive impact on its Japanese counterparts about its uniqueness as a travel destination by participating at the JATA Tourism Expo 2019 held in Osaka, Japan on 24-27 October. The Tourism Expo in Japan is one of the bi


High profile delegation from Belgium arrives in Sri Lanka for familiarisation visit

Views - 39 Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:00

A delegation from the Association of Belgian Travel Organisers (ABTO) arrived in Sri Lanka on 27 October, following the invitation of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga, in support of Sri Lanka Tour


Sri Lanka showcases resilience at WTM

Views - 55 Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka tourism showcased its resilient recovery and displayed a strong messaging that the country is back in business at the world’s largest travel fair in London, WTM 2019, being held from 4 to 6 November.


Tuk tuk tour to make a difference

Views - 84 Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:00

The OYOB (Own Your Own Block) Tuk Tuk Ride which commenced on 1 October successfully concluded on 9 October at the Foundation of Goodness project headquarters and flagship venue, the MCC Centre of Excellence in Seenigama, Hikkaduwa. During this ride


Emirates champions inflight first: Seven Worlds, One Planet screens live on board

Views - 22 Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:00

In another entertainment first, Emirates is showing the highly acclaimed Seven Worlds, One Planet documentary live at the same time as its BBC One broadcast in the UK. While Emirates already streams live news and sport on board most of its aircraft,


A thought on entrusting tourism promotion to a Joint Council

Views - 104 Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:00

It is with much empathy that we understand the plight of the tourism and hospitality industry with regard to the current strength of tourism promotion which, according to them, appears to be inadequate to bring the required numbers to fill the hotels


Cinnamon Wild Yala receives prestigious Green Globe Certification

Views - 72 Monday, 4 November 2019 00:00

Cinnamon Wild Yala receives prestigious Green Globe Certification As part of its commitment to running an eco-friendly operation, Cinnamon Wild Yala, part of the Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts chain recently received its Green Globe Certification. A


‘So Sri Lanka’ at the World Travel Expo 2019

Views - 74 Monday, 4 November 2019 00:00

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila, in co-operation with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, participated at the World Travel Expo from 25-27 October at the SMX Convention Centre-Manila, Pasay City, Philippines. The World Travel Expo 2019 was fo


Tourism–bullish Minor Hotels expanding footprint globally

Views - 229 Monday, 4 November 2019 00:00

Minor Hotels Group, which is part of its own massive conglomerate in Bangkok-based Minor International (MINT) with popular brands Anantara and Avani, has been making headlines for some time, quietly building itself up into one of the largest hotel co


Newly renovated Tourist Information Centre opens in Kandy

Views - 106 Thursday, 31 October 2019 01:06

The newly renovated Tourist Information Centre (TIC) operated under the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) was ceremonially opened to the public recently, by Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) Chairman Kishu Gomes, along with Kandy Ho


SriLankan Catering wins Presidential Export Award for third consecutive year

Views - 29 Thursday, 31 October 2019 01:04

Recognising its unstinted contribution towards the Sri Lankan export economy, SriLankan Catering Ltd. was awarded the Presidential Export Award 2018/2019 for Best Exporter Award – Processed Food Sector at the 23rd Presidential Export Awards ceremon


British Airways signs codeshare agreement with Malaysia Airlines

Views - 47 Wednesday, 30 October 2019 00:00

Malaysia Airlines has signed a codeshare agreement with oneworld partner British Airways. British Airways will add its code to 14 destinations Malaysia Airlines serves in Malaysia (Alor Setar, Kota Kinabalu, Johor Bahru, Kuching, Kuantan, Labuan, Lan


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